In February, a bipartisan group of 17 governors announced the creation of the “Governor’s Accord for a New Energy Future”, a commitment to take action in promoting clean energy reform that will revitalize America’s electrical grid. Nevada should be proud that Brian Sandoval is a leader among them, not just in principle, but in practice as well.
The accord reads in part: “Expanding energy efficiency and renewable energy in a cost-effective way strengthens our states’ economic productivity, reduces air pollution and avoids energy waste. Integrating more of these clean energy sources into our electricity grids can also improve the flexibility and stability of these grids.” Governor Sandoval has in fact already made tremendous headway to bring these goals to fruition. Just last week, Sandoval signed an executive order that reactivated a task force to advise the administration on ways to promote and distribute renewable energy resources in Nevada, including rooftop solar. He also ordered the task force to recommend policies to encourage development and integration of clean energy sources into Nevada’s energy sector and create a modern, cost-effective energy infrastructure.
According to a recent survey from Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, 68 percent of registered voters support government taking steps to reduce emissions of gasses like carbon dioxide that cause global climate change. Nevadans should look no further than Governor Sandoval to see what can be accomplished when politicians place the needs of their constituents before partisanship.